The second battle of the campaign has Hannibal and his army battling a Roman army along the banks of the river Ticinus.
|The tabletop was decided by terrain cards and set up with a river down one edge and hilly ground on the other flank.|
|Both armies deployed|
The order of battle...
- 5 x heavy infantry (1 unit of veterans)
- 1 x light infantry
- 1 x light cavalry
- 4 x heavy infantry (1 unit of veterans)
- 1 x light infantry
- 1 x elephants
- 1 x heavy cavalry
Because the army is commanded by Hannibal the Carthaginian army replaces a no effect chance card with an extra initiative card. (If not commanded by Hannibal they would have just replaced a rally card for an initiative card.)
The units were deployed using a set of rules I am still playing around with. They have been influenced from reading Solo Battles. Essentially my 6 by 4 foot tabletop is divided into three parts of 2 foot along the army's base edge, so there is a centre area and two flanks.
Players dice to see who goes first, then they deploy alternatively their first, second, and final lines of units.
In their first round, players deploy their first line of units up to 18” from their baseline. Only cavalry, light infantry, and warbands (which move greater than 6” normally) can be placed on flanks. There are no restrictions on units deployed in the centre.
In the second round, players deploy their next line of units up to 12” from their base edge. The same unit restrictions apply for the flanks.
In the third, and final round, players deploy their final line of units up to 6” from their base edge. Heavy infantry can be rushed into position and placed on the flanks but sustain 2 hits if used on the flank.
On to the game...
|Hannibal takes the initiative and pushes all his forces forward. Importantly his light infantry were able to control the hilly ground on the left flank, gaining the uphill advantage against the advancing Roman heavy infantry.|
|The Roman heavy infantry are holding against the pressing Carthaginians.|
|The elephants push ahead in the centre while on the flanks the Romans are facing problems. Their cavalry have fled the field and the Carthaginian light infantry are stubbornly defending the hilly ground. |
|Roman heavy infantry shore up the left flank and the cavalry withdraw but remain a threat.|
|In the centre it was a grind with each army's heavy infantry trying to wear down their opponents.|